The next major technological innovation that will drive first-person shooters like Battlefield is cloud computing, says DICE GM Oskar Gabrielson. Speaking during today’s Future of FPS stream, Gabrielson says the technology is still “a few years away” but that it stands to have a major impact on the genre.
“Cloud computing has really changed a lot of other industries, and gaming has hardly affected that,” Gabrielson says. “So if you’re thinking of a game like Battlefield, we have things like AI in the game now, destruction, actually creating procedural level. And next generation consoles, they are of course super powerful, but if we move a lot of that logic out to the cloud […] We can make some really high-scale computers that we have not previously been able to … destruction, visual fidelity. I think it̵
Asked if cloud computing could affect Battlefield 2042, which is expected later this year, Gabrielson smiled and said, “No comment.”
The possibility of cloud computing enhancement of console power has been discussed for almost a decade now. When the Xbox One was first announced way back in 2013, Microsoft said it would become more powerful over time thanks to the ability to relieve certain game calculations, but not much came of it. Gabrielson, however, still seems to be a believer in the potential of technology.
Gabrielson’s comments were part of a larger panel hosted by IGN’s Stella Chung, joined by Apex Legends director Chad Grenier, Ripple Effect Studios GM Christian Grass and Respawn co-founder Vince Zampella to discuss the past, present and future of first-person shooters. During the panel, Grass reiterated the decision to rebrand DICE LA, and Grenier talked about the sometimes-filled process of running a service game like Apex Legends.
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Gabrielson, on the other hand, mostly just misses the old Tablet Commander app from Battlefield 4. “The reason I remember it so well is that it was the same year I had my first child, so I could not sit in front of a console or PC, but what I could do was carry my child in one arm and have my iPad in the other and I could scream at my team and give team orders. So we just have to get the Tablet Commander back. “
The group teased more info to get to EA Play, which includes the revelation of Ripple Effects Battlefield 2042 mode and other announcements. Future spotlight events will cover EA’s indie partnerships, Madden 22 and more, culminating in EA Play launching on July 22nd.
Kat Bailey is the Senior News Editor at IGN. She always runs the tank in Battlefield.